Automotive

  • February 2, 2018

    Rosen Law Firm To Lead Tesla Stock-Drop Class Action

    The Rosen Law Firm PA will be the lead counsel representing a proposed class of Tesla Inc. shareholders in a stock-drop suit against the electric carmaker, a California federal judge announced Friday at a hearing in San Francisco.

  • February 1, 2018

    Car Dealer Software Antitrust Suits Consolidated In Ill.

    The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation on Thursday consolidated several lawsuits filed against CDK Global LLC and The Reynolds and Reynolds Co. over accusations the software providers conspired to limit access to data stored on their dealer management systems and agreed not to compete.

  • February 1, 2018

    GST AutoLeather Reports Ch. 11 DIP, Sale, Fee Compromises

    After weeks of “chaos,” bankrupt vehicle upholstery maker GST AutoLeather, its creditors and lenders stitched together a tentative, multipart Chapter 11 sale and case compromise Thursday, positioning the company for a Feb. 12 sale approval hearing.

  • February 1, 2018

    Counties' VW Diesel Suits Could Spur Copycats, Judge Says

    A California federal judge expressed concerns at a San Francisco hearing Thursday that if he allows two counties in Florida and Utah to proceed with their litigation over Volkswagen AG’s “clean diesel” emissions scandal, it could set off thousands of copycat suits from counties across the country.

  • February 1, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Upholds More Ford Wins On Hybrid Vehicle Patents

    The Federal Circuit on Thursday held that parts of three Paice LLC hybrid vehicle patents were invalid in the latest rulings to arise from a sweeping series of challenges that Ford Motor Co. brought against the tech company’s patents at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

  • February 1, 2018

    Santander Unit Wants Rethink On Bid To Toss Investor Suit

    A Santander Group vehicle financing unit on Wednesday sought a second look at its bid to toss an investor suit alleging the company’s stock price was inflated through accounting fraud, telling a Texas federal judge that his previous decision to largely spare the suit was based in part on allegations that weren’t pled in the investors’ complaint.

  • February 1, 2018

    Belgian Antitrust Watchdog OKs Volvo Dealer Acquisition

    The competition authority of Belgium on Wednesday approved Volvo’s acquisition of a commercial dealership and repair company in the country, with a narrow condition meant to protect competition for commercial truck repairs in a single region.

  • February 1, 2018

    Freeland Says 'Explicitly Protectionist' US Roiling NAFTA

    Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland on Wednesday said that the Trump administration's "explicitly protectionist" positions are complicating the effort to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, particularly when it comes to the thorniest issues, such as rules governing automotive trade between the partners.

  • January 31, 2018

    Key Safety Pushes For Coverage Win At 6th Circ.

    Key Safety Systems Inc., the prospective purchaser of bankrupt Takata Corp.’s assets, on Wednesday pushed the Sixth Circuit for a win in its coverage dispute with an AIG unit, saying the insurer is clearly obligated to pay its post-judgment interest.

  • January 31, 2018

    Waymo Trial Is About IP, Not Whether Uber's Evil: Judge

    Explaining that the main issue in the Uber-Waymo case is whether Uber stole self-driving car trade secrets, "not whether or not Uber is an evil corporation," a California federal judge laid out which accusations of Uber's litigation misconduct a jury seated Wednesday will learn about.

  • January 31, 2018

    Exide Says Air Regulator's Claim Is Barred By Ch. 11 Plan

    Reorganized debtor Exide Technologies Inc. told a Delaware judge Wednesday that up to $80 million in claims being lodged in California by an air quality regulator should be barred because they were discharged when the company’s Chapter 11 plan was confirmed in 2015.

  • January 31, 2018

    Trump Infrastructure Push Has Both Biz, Enviros Worried

    President Donald Trump gave passing mention in his State of the Union speech Tuesday to a potential legislative package designed to spur infrastructure development. Though the plan has yet to take shape, it’s already stoking concerns in the energy sector about how much federal funding will be available and has green groups up in arms over fears that environmental and judicial review of projects may be diminished or eliminated.

  • January 31, 2018

    Ally Financial Must Face TCPA Suit Over Car Loan

    Ally Financial Inc. will face a Telephone Consumer Protection Act suit over allegations it improperly called a debtor more than 1,200 times trying to collect on an auto loan, a Florida federal judge said Wednesday, finding no reason to grant a quick win to either side.

  • January 31, 2018

    Trustee Objects To Takata's Ch. 11 Liability Releases

    The Office of the U.S. Trustee objected Wednesday to confirmation of Takata Holdings Inc.’s Delaware Chapter 11 plan, citing sweeping, and potentially improper liability releases for third parties, including automaker officers and directors, without third party or creditor consent.

  • January 31, 2018

    OSHA Fines Auto Parts Maker After Worker's Finger Severed

    A U.S. unit of German auto parts manufacturer Adler Pelzer Group faces proposed fines totaling $129,336 — the maximum allowed — after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration found repeat safety violations following the accidental severing of a worker’s finger, the government said Tuesday.

  • January 31, 2018

    GM Drivers Say Vehicles’ AC Units Are Defective

    General Motors Co. was hit with a proposed class action in Tennessee federal court Wednesday for allegedly manufacturing vehicles with air conditioning systems that are incapable of cooling them.

  • January 31, 2018

    Pinning Uber Woes On Regulators A Hard Road For Cabbies

    Philadelphia this week became the latest city where cab drivers failed to convince a court that regulators unconstitutionally harmed their industry by going easy on ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft, once again showing the sway of an early appellate ruling on the issue by now-retired jurist Richard Posner.

  • January 30, 2018

    Uber Rider Appeals Arbitration Order To 2nd Circ.

    An Uber customer on Friday said he’s appealing a decision from U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff that sent his class action over alleged price-fixing to arbitration, teeing up the case for its second appearance at the appellate courts.

  • January 30, 2018

    As Uber-Waymo Trial Nears, Judge Highlights MoFo's Impact

    On the verge of Waymo’s highly anticipated trade secret trial against Uber, a California federal judge made clear Tuesday that jurors will hear about Morrison & Foerster LLP’s role in Uber’s acquisition of a self-driving car company that allegedly funneled secrets to Uber, saying “You can’t try this case” without explaining the law firm’s involvement.

  • January 30, 2018

    GM Loses Bid For Conn. High Court Review Of $2.9M Suit

    A Connecticut federal judge on Tuesday declined to have the state’s top court take up General Motors LLC’s challenge to its rulings that paved the way for a $2.875 million jury verdict after a Chevrolet Suburban shifted gears out of park and killed an 8-year-old girl.

Expert Analysis

  • Why Information Governance Is More Important Than Ever

    Linda Sharp

    It used to be that hiring a good law firm was the single most important thing a company could do when facing litigation. You could now make the case that an organization’s most powerful asset in prosecuting or defending a claim is its information, says Linda Sharp, associate general counsel of ZL Technologies and chair of the ACC Information Governance Committee.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw Is Behind The Automation Curve

    Michael Moradzadeh

    In its new report on the effects of automation in the workplace, McKinsey Global Institute identifies lawyers as less susceptible to the sort of automation that could put one-third of American workers out of a career by 2030. This may seem reassuring, but it doesn't mean automation won't disrupt our bottom line, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: Compliance, Past And Future

    Hui Chen

    More than any other statute, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act has fueled the growth of the compliance industry. While the expansion of corporate compliance is a positive development, the fear-driven and FCPA-centric approach has also produced unfortunate consequences, says ethics consultant Hui Chen, who served as the U.S. Department of Justice's first-ever compliance counsel.

  • Autonomous And Connected Vehicles: The Year In Review

    Lawrence Hamilton

    During 2017, advances in the state of autonomous vehicle technology, and in the development of a new regulatory framework, moved at a rapid pace. While some industry experts think fully automated passenger vehicles will arrive by 2020, there are signs it will happen sooner, say attorneys with Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: Cross-Border Efforts And Growing Risk

    Patrick Stokes

    The U.S. agencies’ increasing coordination with their foreign partners has led to more potent Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations — in terms of both their scope and settlement cost, say Patrick Stokes, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Department of Justice, and Zachariah Lloyd of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Cooke Reviews 'Constance Baker Motley'

    Judge Marcia Cooke

    Gary Ford's new book, "Constance Baker Motley: One Woman’s Fight for Civil Rights and Equal Justice Under Law," is more than a biography of the first African-American woman to become a federal judge. It presents in vivid detail how her work altered the legal landscape of the United States, says U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke of the Southern District of Florida.

  • Keeping Your Law Library Relevant In The Age Of Google

    Donna Terjesen

    Google’s status as a go-to research tool has transformed legal research habits, leading critics to view law libraries as cost centers. Law firms should embrace Google-style research tools and manage costs efficiently in order to position their libraries as valuable assets for years to come, says Donna Terjesen of HBR Consulting.

  • 6 Things You Need To Know About Millennial Jurors

    Zachary Martin

    Millennials are now the largest living generation and comprise one-third of jurors. While it is impossible to generalize a group so large and diverse, trial lawyers should be mindful of certain generational differences, say baby boomer Lee Hollis and millennial Zachary Martin of Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: A View From The Monitorship Trenches

    Gil Soffer

    There have been many articles on the corporate monitor selection process, but you will find little guidance on how to prepare yourself for a job that has few parallels. There are three key lessons I have learned over the course of a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act monitorship still in progress, says Gil Soffer of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.

  • A Look Back At 2017's Enviro And Energy Law Developments

    Stacey Mitchell

    2017 has been a year of dramatic shift in United States energy and environmental policy. As the year draws to a close, it’s an apt time to review the key steps taken to achieve President Donald Trump’s campaign goals, assess the impacts of the administration’s actions, and postulate on what may be coming next, say Stacey Mitchell and Kenneth Markowitz of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.